ISSUE TWENTY, EXPRESS YOURSELF ISSUE TWENTY, EXPRESS YOURSELF

ISSUE TWENTY, EXPRESS YOURSELF

Us Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to art. Whether it’s Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, Sculpture, Photography or Fashion that’s your thing, you’ll be sure to find an appropriate exhibition somewhere in London on any given weekend. To celebrate the artistic nature of London, we decided that our twentieth issue should be art themed for March.

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JEAN-DAVID MALAT: LIFE OPERATIC JEAN-DAVID MALAT: LIFE OPERATIC

JEAN-DAVID MALAT: LIFE OPERATIC



As well as being Director of Opera Gallery London, an international group of modern and contemporary art galleries, Jean-David Malat advises celebrity clients such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gordon Ramsay, Pierce Brosnan and Lionel Ritchie to name a few. 

But before he was known as a curator and international advisor, the Sotheby-trained art expert was a model.

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POP ART: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND? POP ART: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND?

POP ART: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND?

To most, pop art conjures up images of Warhol and his world famous multicoloured Marilyn Monroe or, equally, iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans. The immortalisation of pop culture within the realms of art has been progressing for over 50 years now. Most will have some kind of poster or replica of one of Warhol’s pieces or possibly a Roy Lichtenstein print.

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HAIRSTYLING: AN ARTY AFFAIR HAIRSTYLING: AN ARTY AFFAIR

HAIRSTYLING: AN ARTY AFFAIR

When it comes to hair styling most would usually go for a blow-dry or maybe getting their hair set in curlers. However, hair styling goes way beyond the conventional and visits all sort of whacky and creative dimensions. Hair stylists see their work as a form of art and in many cases it’s easy to see why. This has recently been brought to life with the BBC Three styling competition Hair.

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Interviews

BEHIND THE ILLUSION: DAVID ABRAHAMS

by Sara Gallego
BEHIND THE ILLUSION: DAVID ABRAHAMS

Meet David Abrahams, the man behind the graceful sphinx-like March cover image of To Be Continued, the man for whom photography is definitely more than meets the eye. Hailing from Leeds and based in London, Abrahams knew from an early age in which direction his career would head, ‘I’m dyslexic and art was always the thing I excelled in’

Shopping

YES, IT IS ART: WHERE TO BUY YOURS ONLINE

by Sara Gallego
YES, IT IS ART: WHERE TO BUY YOURS ONLINE

Art, the unbridled animal it is, cannot be contained. While taste is subjective, it seems that the clumsy, hackneyed question of, ‘yes, but is it art?’ has become somewhat redundant and mostly trotted out for comedic value, a relic of an ancient attitude towards something which is arguably a big part of our daily lives. Art is, in fact, everywhere; look up, look down, left to right…

Restaurants

THE BUILDER’S ARMS, KENSINGTON

by Pete Davison
THE BUILDER’S ARMS, KENSINGTON

Being the Arts Issue, this review helps solve one of the perennial problems facing culture loving Londoners – where to go for a good, reasonably priced meal when going to the Royal Albert Hall. Within a ten minute walk of the venue, there are precious few restaurants of note, but The Builder’s Arms in Kensington is a notable exception.

Travel

UNLOCK ART AT LE MERIDIEN

by Katie Colombus
UNLOCK ART AT LE MERIDIEN

Unlock Art: Where Are The Women is a fascinating whizz through the unseen women of the art world over time, looking at identity, sexuality, society, politics and history. We see under-represented women from Mrs Jackson Pollock to the performance artist Marina Abramovic. Kirke provides commentary on how they fit into the complicated realities of their respective worlds…

Featured Articles

METRONOMY: LOVE LETTERS

by Dan Cowlard in
METRONOMY: LOVE LETTERS

In 2011 Metronomy released The English Riviera, and heralded their transformation from DIY electro wallflowers to sleek indie-poppers with a killer ear for a chorus. They became the toast of the British music press seemingly over night, and the record was rightly hailed as one of the albums of that year.

HOUSEKEEPING: ART AND MUSIC

HOUSEKEEPING: ART AND MUSIC

Taylor McWilliams, one quarter of DJ collective Housekeeping, cites this famous Nietzsche quote to illustrate what art means to him, while fellow ‘housekeeper’ Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe elaborates: ‘Art is triggering an emotional response or feeling in someone through any of their senses. Whether it is visual- through music, poetry, movement or taste, art provokes an emotional response which is out of the individual’s control.’

UNLOCK ART AT LE MERIDIEN

by Katie Colombus in
UNLOCK ART AT LE MERIDIEN

Unlock Art: Where Are The Women is a fascinating whizz through the unseen women of the art world over time, looking at identity, sexuality, society, politics and history. We see under-represented women from Mrs Jackson Pollock to the performance artist Marina Abramovic. Kirke provides commentary on how they fit into the complicated realities of their respective worlds…

THE ART OF KEEPING CALM

by Laura Collinson in
THE ART OF KEEPING CALM

Converting stress into positive energy can seem an impossible task when one’s deep in the throes of panic, however once the art has been mastered, stress becomes much easier to deal with. There have been many books written on the subject of late, with various tips and tricks on how to keep calm and carry on, but there is one book in particular that seems to outline the most straightforward ways in combatting tiredness, worry and negativity.

BEHIND THE ILLUSION: DAVID ABRAHAMS

by Sara Gallego in
BEHIND THE ILLUSION: DAVID ABRAHAMS

Meet David Abrahams, the man behind the graceful sphinx-like March cover image of To Be Continued, the man for whom photography is definitely more than meets the eye. Hailing from Leeds and based in London, Abrahams knew from an early age in which direction his career would head, ‘I’m dyslexic and art was always the thing I excelled in’